Millions of people have been warned that a much-hyped silver solution is not a potential cure for coronavirus.
Asian and European markets are turning to alternative health options to boost their immune systems – but they have been given a stern warning that these do not work.
Medics and scientists across the world are desperately working around-the-clock to find vaccines for the deadly disease, with trials taking place in China, Russia and the United States.
One billed as cure is colloidal silver – a solution consisting of tiny silver particles in a liquid form.
But a leading health professional says such things are no less than a scam.
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Covid-19 originated in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, a country famous for alternative natural medicines and treatment.
There is no scientific proof that colloidal silver can cure coronavirus but since the spread of the highly contagious virus brands producing the product have seen huge increase in traffic to their websites from the European and Asian markets.
In the past, the product has been used as a dietary supplement and for therapeutic purposes by doctors.
But Dr Sherrill Sellman went one step further and claimed the silver solution product sold on his website “could kill coronavirus.”
Dr Sellman made the comments last month on televangelist Jim Bakker’s show in the US further claiming the solution “deactivates” the virus.
He said: “Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours.
“Totally eliminate it. Kills it. Deactivates it.”
But In the letter, FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D told people to steer clear.
It read: “There is already a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus and what the country doesn’t need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims.”
He added: “These warning letters are just the first step. We’re prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam.”
The products cited in these warning letters cover teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver.
The FDA warned colloidal silver is not safe or effective for treating any disease or condition and said ingesting large amounts of it can cause harm.
Some side affects include argyria, a discolouration of the skin, caused by a build up of tissue causing a bluish-grey discolouration.
Consumers have since been warned to be “cautious of websites” and stores selling colloidal silver, and any of those that claim to “prevent, mitigate, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19.”